This West German film is set in the California Desert. A husband-and-wife pair of Bavarian tourists become stranded when their car breaks down; after a quarrel, the wife, Marianne Sagebrecht, gathers her luggage and stalks off. She stops at the Bagdad Cafe, a fleapit truckstop run by outspoken C.C.H. Pounder, who is also having husband problems. The Cafe has become a magnet for some of truly odd character: temperamental Hispanic cook George Aguilar, tattoo artist Christine Kaufmann, and onetime Hollywood set designer Jack Palance. Despite obvious personality differences, Sagebrecht and Pounder become friends. Bagdad Cafe was later adapted into a short-lived American sitcom starring Jean Stapleton and Whoopi Goldberg. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This movie is very difficult to categorize.But I would watch it again for its wierd characters, fantastic direction and unique story line. You keep waiting for the next wierd incident and the whacky sense of humor. If you enjoy mainsteam , fast moving cinema then stay away. There is nothing dirty and obscene about this movie, it has a childlike feel to it as I said it's very difficult to describe it, just watch it and decide for yourself. I highly recommend this movie and the mood it creates, its unique! The main song is very haunting and very well sung and sticks in your mind.
There are some strange characters in this movie. But I LOVE IT.
This is one of my all time favorite movies.
Marianne SÃÂ¤gebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance characters are a little "out there" but you can't help but love them. . . And I just love the theme song to this movie.
You just have to visit the "Bagdad Cafe" you won't regret it.
It was most enjoyable to watch a film that was way out of the ordinary as it seems we see so much of today. Wow, what fun characters! A bit slow in the beginning, but well worth waiting for the fun to begin. Loved it!
I had heard good things about the movie. Unfortunately the copy I received was in German with only French and Spanish subtitles. Though I took some French and Spanish in school, I would not claim enough facility with either language to understand the movie with those subtitles. Sadly it was sent back unviewed (except the first 5-10 minutes in German.
Bagdad Cafe is a tale about a bunch of odd and diverse characters who are either secluded or stranded in the middle of nowhere. It's a nicer version of Pulp Fiction meets Wild at Heart in the way it takes its many quirky although interesting turns. Bagdad Cafe keeps you looking around the corner for the next event that occurs for odd character. In the end, Bagdad Cafe satisfies the weird sense of humor in all of us and delivers brilliant conclusions for each of the characters. It even boasts some star power (Jack Palance [City Slickers]and CCH Pounder [The Shield]. Bottom line: this little movie does big, bizarre, interesting things.